Griffin Tavern

4.5
317 reviews
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$30 and under
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Griffin Tavern is a casual dining restaurant with three cozy dining rooms, a “cheers” style Pub where friends and strangers mix and mingle and a wonderful outdoor area for seasonal dining(dogs on leashes welcome outside). We also have rooms upstairs that are perfect for private dining, small functions, and business meetings. Griffin Tavern is internet friendly with FREE WiFi access. Our menu features home-style cooked meals and pub favorites using fresh ingredients and local products: Fish n’ Chips, Shepherds Pie, Great Hamburgers, Seafood and Steak specials, as well as gluten free options, affordable appetizers, salads, and a Children’s Menu.
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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet another great meal, great service, and wonderful atmosphere. Special, extended thanks to the wonderful Baker who made a Dalmatian Cheesecake special for us ... on Easter weekend! The efforts are always greatly appreciated and Griffin Tavern never fails to deliver.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Easter Sunday

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M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Griffin is great for lunch or dinner ... food is excellent ...

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G
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy lunch here

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Terrible and over priced
Since January this place has gone downhill

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t
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great place to meet friends for slow a slow pace dining experience where you won’t feel rushed. Wait staff is limited so don’t expect quick in and out experience in the dining area but the food is good and the atmosphere is flexible. Choose the bar area, dining room, or outside porch.

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LI
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another great meal at Griffin Tavern. I was sorry they didn’t have their great crab cake on the menu but enjoyed the salmon very much. As always the service was great — prompt and friendly. We especially enjoyed the treat of a warm cookie at the end even though we weren’t playing trivia.

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LV
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My husband and I dined at the Griffin Tavern on April 10. The calamari was delicious. We also split a green salad which was fresh and very good. I ordered the crab cake, which unfortunately, they were out of, but I had the ribs instead which were good. My husband had shepherd's pie which was excellent. The only real complaint we had was that it was too noisy.

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DB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have good food and a nice experience at Griffin Tavern.
In the Tavern on a rainy day or outside on the porch on a nice one. We love it!
I took my mom there for a birthday lunch. I kept telling her how good the burgers were so decided to let her try them for herself. She was not disappointed!

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KH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food with good service. Nice “local” spot.

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CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This was a pub downstairs but was a charming restaurant upstairs. The food was good with a British flair. I would recommend this place for a casual night out.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!! As usual! The food, the people, the atmosphere, the music! We will go AGAIN! You are missing out if you don't stop in. The live music and Lorraine the bartender are awesome!!!!

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KC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great burgers & fries. Like the pub atmosphere. Service prompt & friendly!

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SV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the Staff is Great. We have never been upstairs before and it was very nice and cozy, plus we got to look at the beautiful artwork they had upstairs. We always enjoy going to Griffin Tavern, because there is always something new on the menu to try. Just a super spot in Country side.

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NC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Christine, was phenomenal! She was knowledgeable, personable, and made sure our table had everything we needed. The Sunday brunch was sooooo good. The kids loved it as much as the adults! Great variety of menu items, great ambience and just an amazing vibe. Highly recommend the drive out to Griffin Tavern.

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JM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was fairly quiet, but with nice live music. Fairly well decorated, with good food, and great service. It was a great experience and I recommend it.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

OK - steak over cooked - - great crab cakes - -overall, it's a good place to go

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MH
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great home town ambiance, friendly local bar and restaurant. Service was very friendly and personable. Food was good, and what you would expect from a decent local bar, but Fries were hard and not fresh would be my only “semi” complaint... not enough to come off of 5 stars. Highly recommend, especially if you want to engulf in the local atmosphere and enjoy a solid meal, which is exactly what we wanted, and got.

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BW
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for dinner or drinks and appetizers. I would definitely recommended this place to families and friends

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MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice place, great menu, nice people. Always a joy to dine here.

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PJ
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Yes, this is worth the drive from DC! Griffin is full of local folks and day-trippers like me are welcome. The kitchen does everything well, the drink selection is great, and the service is warm, genuinely friendly, and smooth. The drive is scenic, and the destination well worth the trip!

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SD
Richmond
24 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been to the Griffin Tavern a number of times, and have always enjoyed the food and the staff. While the building is charming, we have often been seated in the enclosed porch, which in winter is so cold that they offer blankets. Additionally, despite having asked for a quiet table, we have been seated twice at the table next to the glass door separating the porch from the bar. The music and noise from the other side does come through. We will continue to enjoy going there, but the noise is a definite drawback.

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EJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of our food, apps and entrees, was delicious. It was my birthday, and they gifted a lovely dessert as well. I was also impressed by the beer menu and wine list ... neither was extensive, but there were very good choices.

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SG
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A happy surprise we found while out and about with family. Located near a few local wineries, it was the perfect spot for a lovely lunch. Food was delicious and the staff were delightful. Highly recommend if you are in the area!

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JW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Historic setting. Great bar and live music. Thai dish (seafood) was outstanding. Table seating suitable for special ocassions. Nice mix of locals and weekend visitors. Unexpected treasure off the beaten path.

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KR
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ate the eggs Benedict with crab and it was just divine!! So enjoyed my lunch there.

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always!

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DB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped for an early dinner after an afternoon at a winery. Picturesque location in a quaint town. Prompt and courteous service. Nice selection of American comfort food, which was quickly served. The fish and chips and the shrimp with grits were excellent!

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c
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful evening with good friends, great food and attentive service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Great food, good service.

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JJ
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Very few restaurants in the area. The atmosphere was good and the service was great. The appetizers were good the steak was not the right choice. No flavor and not prepared well. Would recommend the restaurant as one to try while in the area.

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DM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and staff always a pleasant experience!

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B
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A terrific dining spot. It was a great meal, outstanding service, and great ambiance. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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BB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice place to stop for a pub lunch in gorgeous countryside. Loud football game played over stereo at outdoor tables was not so nice. Food was good.

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JE
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We used to come here often, but haven't been in a couple of years. It was really nice coming back, as they have a very good dinner menu and still have their awesome bar menu, just noticed no more pizzas? But the burgers were still amazing! Looking forward to coming back more often!

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SS
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a nice dinner with friends after activities in Little Washington. We were able to have a nice conversation, as the noise level was not too high. The waiter was very attentive.

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BW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good ambiance. We all had something different & all dishes were fantastic! Sumptuous peanut butter cake for dessert! We all enjoy eating here.

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MP
New England
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Ate there twice and delicious both times. Chicken and salmon excellent. Casual dining

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DB
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a delicious dinner and then moved to the bar for outstanding live entertainment. The Tavern is comfortable, the staff is very friendly and the food is great!
Highly recommend it!
PS- the bar crowd is nice and friendly,too!
Our friends, who had never been, loved it,too!

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d
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Recently my wife and I dined at the Griffin Tavern twice. One time was much busier than the other. The service was fantastic both times. Meals ranged from shrimp and grits to fresh fish prepared with vegetables in parchament to hanger steak. All entrees were prepared perfectly. Appetizers, desserts, wine and beer were excellent as well.

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